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B Fifty Two assertive in A C Ardeshir Trophy

By: Frankel   April 9 , 2017

Imtiaz Sait trained B Fifty Two who had the experience of running in exalted company, asserted his supremacy in the 1600 metres A C Ardeshir Trophy, a terms race for four-year-olds and over, the feature event of Sunday`s Mumbai races. The terms of the race were not in favour of Mrs Patmore who found the switch to tougher company against older horses too hot to handle and was a well beaten third.

Mrs Patmore had won the Indian 1000 Guineas against Hall of Famer and after a futile attempt in the Indian Derby, was well rested and brought back in distance from a mile and a half to a mile. The distance no doubt was more suitable but Mrs Patmore was carrying level weights with old seasoned horses at level weights and hence her task was bound to be difficult. Malesh Narredu trained London was well placed in scales but his long absence from the track since running in the Golconda Derby was a cause for concern about the colt having the requisite fitness for a race of this nature.

Jockey C S Jodha took B Fifty Two on a start to finish mission followed by London who raced keen but was restrained by jockey Neeraj Rawal. It was a strange tactic adopted by the jockey because the horse had been slapped with a blinker to get the horse to focus on the race and not to be lethargic. The fact that London was restrained despite the horse showing aggression possibly went against the horse as also the longish absence from the track. London pressed B Fifty Two for some distance in the straight before petering out in the final furlong. Mrs Patmore came up with a rally but it was not good enough to get the better of B Fifty Two who showed no signs of slackening and had enough zest to go past the post ahead of the rest. Jack Frost came up with a late dash and succeeded in edging out Mrs Patmore from the runner-up position. London flattened in the final furlong to finish a tame fourth.

Malesh Narredu trained Fantasy Star was the betting rage in the 1000 metres A F S Talyarkhan Trophy, a race for maiden three-year-olds on the basis of the market hype and impressive track workouts despite the fact that the scurry was bound to prove too sharp for the progeny of Multidimensional. The small made Ascension had no doubt run a big race in her last outing but the fact that the filly was running for the third time during the season was a cause for worry about her ability to take so much of racing. Gold Field and Queens Best had reasonable credentials to be in the thick of the action. Ascension led from the start but in the final furlong, Gold Field could measure the front-runner and shot ahead. Though Queens Best came up with a big rally, Gold Field had enough cushion to reach the safety of the winning post. Ascension was third. Fantasy Star was not spotted at the busy end.

Lesser fancied Beneficial from the stables of Shiraz Sunderji edged out Philadelphia close home to win the 1000 metres Stylecracker Stakes, a race for horses rated 20 to 46. Philadelphia and Fabio were fighting it out when Beneficial showed up on the wide outside with a zestful run and got the measure of the front-runner in the shadow of the post. Fabio was a close third. Zinfandelle made no show.

Waheed trained Mizilla Gold readily justified the favouritism in the 1000 metres Prince Jehan Plate, a race for horses rated 40 to 66. One was not sure whether it was an overconfident ride by apprentice jockey S A Amit who had the horse in the rear while the well-backed Victorio had a useful lead in front. However, Mizilla Gold moved with a flourish in the final furlong like a better quality horse and won easily in the end. Long shot Rosella edged out Cezanne and Victorio to take the runner-up berth.

Korol let down as a strongly backed favourite in the 1200 metres J P Vazifdar Trophy, a race for horses rated 5 3 to 79. Last start winner Ladislaus shaped to record an encore but was surprised by the finishing burst of lesser fancied Turf Dancer who managed to nail the front-runner in the closing strides of the race. Carbonara edged out Arakawah to get the third place. Irish Bailey failed to show up at the busy end.

Apprentice jockey S A Amit`s careless riding on Master Serjeant saw the Vinesh trainee lose the race in the Stewards room. Master Serjeant improved places swiftly along the rails in the final furlong and won the 1600 metres M D Petit Plate, a race for horses in the lowest category. Jockey Amit, in his eagerness, persisted in using the whip on the left side and this caused the horse to move right across, causing Star Ace to be slightly checked. Master Serjeant won well and the interference made no material difference to the outcome of the race. Jockey Trevor put an objection against Amit claiming that the interference had happened at a crucial stage of the race. There was a difference of opinion among Stewards but in the end, the objection was upheld though the professional Stewards had opined that the objection could be overruled and the jockey pulled up for careless riding.

Trevor Patel drove out Jager Bomb`s to get the better of Care Free in the closing stages of the race to land the spoils in the 2000 metres Master Shifu Plate, a race for horses rated 20 to 46. June led from the start but weakened in the final furlong to give way to Care Free who then held the lead till displaced by the eventual winner close home. June held off late finishing Smasher to take the third place.

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